Karel Vanek studied the shoe repairing trade from the masters in the Czech Republic. After completing his training, he brought his family and shoe repair skills to the United States. Karel taught the shoe repair business to his seven sons.
Carl Vanek, one of the seven sons, served his country in the navy prior to the great depression. After serving his country, he settled down in the Portland area and taught the shoe repair secrets of the Old European World to his two sons, two grandsons and two son-in-laws.
Carl David Vanek, Carl Vanek’s youngest son, continued the 100-year legacy by teaching his four sons the shoe repair secrets of the Old European World.
Today, they work hand in hand as father and son at Vanek’s Beaverton Shoe Repair in downtown Beaverton. Carl David Vanek, with over 40 years of shoe repair experience and Joseph Vanek, with over 15 years of shoe repair experience are waiting to serve you.

To provide “better shoe repairing” and good quality repairable footwear to our community.

“The shoe will look better, feel better and last longer” — Carl David Vanek

"Thanks again for the great service and products, when I bring my boots in for repairs it still blows me away how new you make them look. I'll be back soon!" — Tobin Johnson

"As a Foot Physician, Vanek's has been one of my best community resources. They have taken care of my patient's for over a decade. They can do anything. They even created a special heel lift at my request to help my patients with heel pain. They are the best!" — Dr. Steven Tillett

"Been there forever and they do GREAT work on any kind of shoe. I've taken 7 pairs of worn out shoes in for repairs and got 7 pairs of NEW LOOKING shoes from heel to tennies, back for $100." — Toni Anderson

"These people are wonderful. When my husband was sick, we went to look for cowboy boots. Such a variety to pick from. We couldn't find them anywhere. They were so patient and kind. Thank you sooo very much." — Barbara Ray-Richards